<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:39:50 -0500 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:39:50 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rangers Inspiring 9-Year-Old Fan After Heart Surgery]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Kaden+Insall.JPG

The Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday, and there's a chance nobody is celebrating the victory more than a 9-year-old from Whitesboro.

Kaden Insall was born with a congenital heart defect, and a leaky valve caused a backflow into his heart, which enlarged it.

Five weeks ago he underwent open-heart surgery in Houston.

"If the heart surgery did not happen, it would've been life threatening," said Kaden's father, Derek Insall. "I was picturing open-heart surgery, and I thought I would be carrying Kaden into the house."

But now Kaden is up on his own two feet. In a few days, he'll be able to throw a baseball again.

"I was feeling so horrible before going through it (heart surgery)," said Kaden. "I feel pretty good now."

When NBC 5 told the Texas Rangers about Kaden's condition, the team put together a swag bag filled with Rangers merchandise.

Baseball and faith play an important role in Kaden's recovery.

"The Rangers and watching the Rangers has been a big part of going through this," Derek Insall said.

"He a had a lot of prayers going towards him, and that's what pulled him through,” said Kaden's mother, Kaci Insall. "We're just waiting to play baseball again."

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<![CDATA[Fattier Foods Sold at Costco, Walmart: Study]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:14:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg

Shoppers who opt for warehouse clubs like Costco and Walmart over traditional grocery stores are buying food with more fat, sugar and sodium, according to a new study.

People are turning to mass-merchandise retailers to buy their food along with other essentially bulk items like a 30-pack of toilet paper and clothes, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine study published this week.

Packaged foods at these wholesale retailers are usually filled with more calories, sugar, sodium and saturated fats than packaged foods from grocery stores, the study found. 

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Recalls Organic Roquefort Cheese]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:00:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roquefort-papillon.jpg

Whole Foods is issuing a nationwide recall of a brand of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese due to the potential for listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration

The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels.

The Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese can be identified by the scale label that begins with PLU 029536. All sell by dates are affected.

The grocer initiated the recall after routine sampling by the FDA found listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of cheese.

According to the FDA Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.

Consumers who have purchased the cheese can bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Those who have questions can call their local store or call 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT.

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<![CDATA[Why Women Should Shop Around for Health Services]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:42:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53402395.jpg

Thinking about getting a mammogram in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You might check carefully because the cost can vary from $50 to as much as $1,045.

How about an initial routine gynecological exam? Around Phoenix, those prices can range from $72 to $388.

Health care costs are not created equal. And a new study makes those discrepancies incredibly apparent, NBC News reported.

Researchers at Castlight Health, a company that helps businesses analyze health care prices, found that consumers across the country continue to pay wildly different prices for women health services.

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<![CDATA[Wellness Program for Dallas Employees Not Working]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:44:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasCityHall011513.jpg A program designed to get the city of Dallas in shape isn't working. The Dallas Morning News' Rudy explains.]]> <![CDATA[Toddler's Head Reattached After Internal Decapitation]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:46:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Australia_toddler.jpg

An Australian toddler seriously injured in a car accident got a second chance at life following a “miracle” surgical procedure.

The 16-month-old Jaxon Taylor was riding in the car along with his mother and older sister last month when they were engaged in a head-on collision that pulled the boy’s head and neck apart, an internal decapitation, 7 News Melbourne reported. 

“The second I pulled him out, I knew that his neck was broken,” Jackson's mother, Rylea Taylor, told the station. Her daughter received abdominal injuries in the accident. 

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Brisbane and ended up under the care of Dr. Geoff Askin.

"A lot of children wouldn't survive that injury in the first place," Askin said. "And if they did and they were resuscitated they may never move or breathe again."

Jaxon underwent six hours of surgery, which consisted of attaching a halo to his skull, then holding him completely still as his vertebrae were reattached using a tiny piece of wire and finally grafting together the vertebrae with a piece of his rib, according to 7 News Melbourne. 

"It is a miracle," Rylea Taylor said of the surgery.

A video shared by the station on Sept. 29 shows Jaxon laughing and hugging his parents. Doctors said he will have to wear the halo device for a few weeks.

<![CDATA[Fiancée of Ebola Victim Reflects One Year Later]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:09:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/louise+troh.JPG

It's been one year since Louise Troh's life went from blissful happiness to bitter sorrow in just a matter of days when her fiancé died of Ebola.

Now, she spends most of her time taking care of her grandchildren, but Troh is still recovering from the Ebola panic that gripped North Texas, and the nation, for weeks last year.

"Right now, I'm living with my hurt. I'm living with my pain. I'm living with my nightmares," Troh said. "You won't even imagine. If you fall asleep and just open your eyes, it's like right there. It doesn't go away."

On Sept. 20, 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan – known as Eric to family and friends – arrived in Dallas from Liberia to be with Troh. They'd met 20 years earlier at a refugee camp, but had not seen each other in 16 years.

"We saw war in our country," Troh said. "We went through a lot."

They had a child together, and Troh said they still loved each other dearly.

"He came here to help me and he promised to help me," she said.

But just two days into his visit, Duncan seemed to be sleeping too much. On the third day, he developed a headache and fever.

What happened over the next few days would become international news. Duncan went to the hospital and was sent home, diagnosed with a sinus infection.

Two days later, he went back to the hospital in an ambulance.

And two days after that came the real diagnosis: Ebola.

Troh only saw Duncan a couple of times after that, through glass. Sept. 29 was the last time she saw his face.

Duncan's mother told Troh that alone, in isolation, he cried and prayed to see his son, who had been away at college.

And once the public learned of Duncan's diagnosis, panic set in. Friends and strangers turned against them.

"It's like the victim is the bad guy," Troh said. "So we have become the bad people. They don't talk about us. They don't see my heart, they don't think about my sons, his children, they don't think about that."

Troh, her youngest son and two friends who lived with them were not allowed to leave their Dallas apartment. A cleaning crew then came and destroyed every single belonging she had.

Her children and grandchildren could not go to school, and parents of other students pulled their kids out, too.

Troh and her family were quarantined for three weeks, and the family had to be moved to a more secure location away from the media and the fear of their neighbors.

Troh credits Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins for helping her through it. She said he showed her kindness when few others did.

"He comfort me. He [Jenkins] said, 'I am here to talk to you, I'm here to treat you as one of my own the way I would like to be treated,'" Troh said.

"I lifted my head up," she said. "And I take a deep breath."

Jenkins recently visited Troh again.

"Ebola came in a flash and left as quickly," Jenkins said. "But for people like Louise and her family, it's having a lasting impact on their lives, so they're still in my thoughts and prayers."

"What happened to Eric was so sad," Troh said. "He did not get to live to tell us his experience, what happened to him when he was in the hospital."

But she believes Duncan's death had a purpose: to bring attention to the Ebola crisis in Africa, and she believes his death also led to increased research and funding toward Ebola vaccines.

"So, his death counts," Troh said. "His death is very meaningful."

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<![CDATA[Avoid Medical Bill Shock]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:08:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-06-14h46m22s95.jpg

More people than ever have health insurance, but they’re also paying more out of pocket.

Insurance companies and hospitals make it confusing to know how much they will owe.

A Consumer Reports survey found that one-third of Americans got a bill they had to pay that was more than they expected for medical costs.

The key to not being caught off guard is to know how much you’ll pay before you go in for treatment.

But that varies widely, even within the same state. For example, in California, the amount patients pay out of pocket for a total knee replacement ranges from being fully covered to almost $13,000 dollars. And out-of-pocket costs for a C-section range from being fully covered to more than $14,000.

Many insurance companies have a cost estimator on their website so you can look up how much you’ll have to pay before you go have the procedure.

You can even compare the charges among providers.

One big reason for medical sticker shock is that although your doctor and hospital are in your network, someone else, often the anesthesiologist, is not.

To protect yourself from going out of network, ask that everyone on your medical team be in your insurance network. And if you do have to go out of network, make sure you call the provider before you go to find out how much you’ll have to pay. You may be able to negotiate a better rate.

If you still get stuck with an unexpected bill, call your insurance provider to explain the problem. If that doesn’t work, Consumer Reports has a resource to help you find out where to complain and how to take action. You’ll find it here.

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

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports 22nd Human Case of WNV]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:28:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

Dallas County is reporting its 22nd human case of West Nile virus this season.

The infected person lives in the 75243 zip code, which is roughly bounded by Central Expressway to the west, Walnut Street to the north, Plano Road to the east and Royal Lane to the south. The area includes Texas Instruments and the campus of Richland College.

He or she was diagnosed with the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, further information is not expected to be released about the patient.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dr. Seema Yasmin: Exercise Pill]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:50:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/yasmin-exercise.jpg The Dallas Morning News' medical expert Dr. Seema Yasmin talks about the development of a pill that could provide the health benefits of exercise.]]> <![CDATA[Nurse Reuses Syringe: Officials]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Syringes-Reused-at-Clinic.jpg

Alerts were sent to dozens of employees of a pharmaceutical company after officials say a nurse reused a syringe while giving them flu shots at a New Jersey clinic.

Officials with TotalWellness told NBC10 a nurse they contracted to administer flu vaccinations to 67 employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical “failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards.” They released the following statement:

On September 30, 2015, TotalWellness was alerted that a nurse it had contracted to administer flu vaccinations to 67 employees for an employer group in New Jersey failed to follow proper medical procedures and safeguards to properly administer vaccinations to potentially all 67 participants.

TotalWellness, the employer group, and the New Jersey Department of Health are proactively working together to inform all participants and provide them the necessary resources and a plan to mitigate any potential medical concerns and exposure risks.

TotalWellness is dedicated to ensuring all participants receive any and all appropriate screenings, care and counseling until this matter is resolved.

The flu shots were given to employees at the Otsuka Pharmaceutical offices on the 500 block of Carnegie Center in West Windsor, New Jersey, back on Sept. 30. In a letter to an Otsuka employee obtained by NBC10, an NJ Department of Health official states the nurse who administered the flu shots reused the syringe.

“The needles were changed between each patient but the syringe was reused multiple times,” the official wrote. “Syringe reuse may have exposed you to infected blood. At this time NJDOH is not aware of any disease transmission, but you may be at risk for developing an infection as a result of this improper practice.”

Officials say that the risk for infection is “low;” however, they are still recommending that the employees undergo testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

The Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and TotalWellness offered free blood tests to all of the employees. The tests took place Monday and Tuesday at the West Windsor Township Senior Center on 271 Clarksville Road in West Windsor, NJ. Officials also say the employees will need to be re-tested in four to six months since viruses can take time to show up in blood tests.

In addition to reusing the syringes, officials also say the nurse gave a dose of the flu vaccine that was less than recommended. As a result, they advised that the employees get another flu shot.

“Receiving less than the recommended amount is not harmful, but you might not be fully protected against the flu,” the officials wrote. “We are recommending that you get another flu shot this season to ensure that you are completely protected.  There will be flu shots available to you at the testing and vaccination clinic in West Windsor, should you decide to get revaccinated.”

Officials also set up a phone line for the employees to call with questions.

Officials have not revealed the nurse's identity but say he or she was licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. A spokesperson for the Board of Nursing told NBC10 no disciplinary action has been taken yet but the incident is still under investigation.

<![CDATA[Ancient Virus May Cause ALS: Study]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548553939.jpg

A virus that has been in our DNA for millions of years may be resurfacing in the form of ALS, scientists reported Thursday.

The discovery may lead scientists to finding a treatment for the incurable disease.


The virus is called HERV-K, and it incorporated itself — permanently — into the human genome between 2 and 5 million years ago. It's a human endogenous retrovirus — an example of nature's own genetic engineering.

Because they're part of the DNA, they are passed down from generation to generation in the same way as genes for eye color or height. Experts estimate that these viruses make up as much as 8 percent of the human genome.

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<![CDATA[How Search for Kidney Went Viral]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/kidney.PNG

A Pasadena woman has been searching for three years with no luck in finding a kidney donor, but after a simple idea - painting a sign on the family car - her search has gone viral.

Jenna Franks’ family painted a sign reading, "Daughter needs kidney type O" along with her email address, which started gaining traction on social media.

KNBC4 interviewed Franks two years ago. As of Wednesday, the Southern California woman has not found a match.

Franks was diagnosed when she was 14 years old with kidney failure. She's 29 now and uses dialysis daily.

"My life pretty much revolves around my illness," Franks said.

After Franks' mother suggested they paint a sign on the car, Franks said she didn't think anything would come of it.

Tatum Bateman saw the sign painted on the family car and tweeted it. 

"This honestly needs to go viral!" the message said. 

After the tweet was posted, Karol Franks, Jenna's mother, was shocked at what happened. 

"My phone kept going - bing! Bing! Bing!" Karla said. 

The tweet started getting noticed.

"I posted the picture and it got like 8,000 retweets!" Bateman, who posted the photo, said. 

Almost 7,000 views later, 25 people have stepped forward willing to be tested to see if they are a donor match. 

"It just feels like it's meant to be," Jenna said. "There is something really powerful here."

To help, contact the family at: Kidney4Jenna@gmail.com.

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150928-austen-everett-cancer-turf-mbm_713006b65cf4de66ca10582b1e2f5e87.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that artificial turf used on soccer fields was the culprit.

"I realized, 'Oh my God, the thing that she loved most probably killed her,'" June Leahy told NBC News. "And that was hard." Leahy says since her daughter's death, she still hasn't gotten enough answers — or action from lawmakers and regulators.

Crumb rubber turf, which is used in thousands of U.S. schools, parks and professional stadiums, is made from pulverized tires — which can contain carcinogens — and green nylon blades of fake grass. No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer, and the turf industry says dozens of studies have shown the surface poses no health risk. Some parents and activists, however, say there should be more testing and that federal regulators should take a position on its safety.

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<![CDATA[Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies in Hurst]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:11:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/b739c542aca0484f8e3eb191ec6fd77f.jpg

The city of Hurst has issued an alert after a second dead skunk tested positive for rabies.

Hurst Animal Services found the dead skunk Sunday on Montreal Drive. The skunk’s body was collected and tested positive for rabies.

This is the second skunk in Hurst to test positive for rabies in a two-week period.

Hurst officials urge pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are up to date with their shots. They say this is the first line of defense to human infection.

Symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, full or partial paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and any other abnormal behavior.

If you have seen any animals that display these symptoms, call Hurst Animal Services at 817-788-7216.

<![CDATA[Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:51:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-487318591.jpg

Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students and 7 percent of middle-schoolers have used some kind of tobacco product, and nearly 70 percent of middle and high school students who say they've used tobacco are going for the flavor. 

"Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America's youth into nicotine addiction, condemning many of them to tobacco-related disease and early death," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

The Food and Drug Administration has outlawed the use of candy and other flavorings, except menthol, in cigarettes, but hasn't extended this ban to other tobacco products - including e-cigarettes. 

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<![CDATA[Mystery Paralysis Strikes McKinney Boy]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:30:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Kingston-Robinson.JPG

Kingston Robinson gives it his all, whether it's playing a little one-on-one or it's fighting a disease that left him paralyzed.

His fight started a year-and-a-half ago when Kingston, now 4 years old, had recovered from bronchiolitis and strep throat.

One week after his recovery, Kingston could not move his arm, and doctors immediately thought he had a muscle injury.

"I just knew that something wasn't right. I went to work and I didn't feel comfortable about the whole thing. How could a muscle tear happen so quickly?" said Courtney Robinson, Kingston's mother.

She took him to the pediatrician's office the next day, where he displayed more red flags, such as being unable to retain information repeated to him and having an unsteady gait.

Kingston then collapsed in the exam room in front of his mother and the doctor, who advised the family get to the hospital immediately.

Tests inside the emergency room didn't offer a diagnosis to the the family.

"For them not to know was, I think, more scary than knowing," Marcus Robinson said after seeing his son no longer able to walk. "All the things you thought for your kid, in a matter for seconds, was like, 'What in the world?' He won't be able to run with his buddies. His quality of life has changed, and that was the hard part."

Even in this desperate moment, luck was on their side.

The family was sent to Children's Health in Dallas, which is where Dr. Benjamin Greenberg researches rare forms of paralysis.

He diagnosed Kingston with transverse myelitis.

"The wires that connect the brain to the spinal cord are damaged, so the signals going to arm and legs don't get to the muscles, so the person is paralyzed," said Greenberg.

Transverse myelitis is a rare disorder that only affects about 200 to 300 children each year, according to Greenberg.

Little is known about how children develop the disorder, but in 2014, the year Kingston was sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a link between transverse myelitis and Enterovirus D-68, which in many children, appears as a common cold, similar to what Kingston dealt with days before the mystery paralysis.

"One of the things that's unique about this [Kingston's] variant of transverse myelitis is not only will kids be weak, but they're very floppy. A limb or two or four will be like wet spaghetti," said Greenberg.

His center is one of only two in the world dedicated to the disorder, however Kingston's chances for a full recovery were less than 30 percent.

The doctors' first approach to treatment failed, however their second approach to treatment resulted in improvement.

"He ended up taking like four or five steps. I just can't even describe that feeling. I knew that when he wasn't walking, that this was going to happen again, but I didn't know when and I didn't know how fast," said Courtney Robinson.

Doctors think Kingston's transverse myelitis wasn't as severe as the cases that leave children unable to recover.

After 20 days of therapy, Kingston was finally allowed to go home.

"We call him our miracle child," said Courtney Robinson. "He's jumping. He's doing flips. He's doing headstands."

Marcus Robinson said his son has learned an important lesson at an early age: give it your all, no matter the odds.

"I don't care how hard something is, hard work pays off. And he knows what hard work is," Marcus Robinson said.

To learn more about transverse myelitis, visit myelitis.org.

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<![CDATA[Injuries Caused By Falling TVs on the Rise]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TDMN_TV_Fall_Deaths_1200x675_534375491765.jpg A new study reveals the number of toddlers injured by falling televisions is on the rise.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Legend Brings Students Free Dental Checks]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:39:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Emmitt_Smith_dental.jpg

Hundreds of Dallas ISD students were treated to free dental screening thanks to Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities on Saturday.

The students filled George H.W. Bush Elementary School to learn about dental hygiene before getting free dental screenings.

“If you’re not as confident about your smile, or other aspects of your life than it’s hard,” Emmitt Smith said.

Tiffany Milton's daughter, Kyla, was one of the 300 who received a dental check.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the students here at Bush,” Kyla said.

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<![CDATA[Walgreens Prescriptions Delayed Across U.S.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg

Walgreens customers across the U.S. may find it difficult to get prescriptions in the company’s stores this week.

The company’s pharmacists have been filling each prescription manually since their system crashed Tuesday morning, affecting all 8,200 drugstores in America, The Chicago Tribune reported.

A Walgreens spokesman told NBC Chicago they have experienced "technical issues" following a “recent maintenance procedure.” 

“Our pharmacies are still able to fill prescriptions and process most insurance claims, however some patients may experience longer wait times until certain functionalities are fully restored,” company spokesman James W. Graham said in an email.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and our IT and pharmacy operations teams are working diligently to correct the issue,” Graham said.

The company is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

<![CDATA[Mansfield Doctor Discusses Life With Muscular Dystrophy]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mansfield+doc.jpg

The fight against muscular dystrophy comes to Arlington this weekend, where more than 4,000 people will walk to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

A local doctor will be among them – and for him, the event is personal.

Dr. Robert McMichael has neurologist for more than 30 years. He has his own neurology practice. He even has a law degree. And he’s done it all while living with a form of muscular dystrophy.

“I’ve had it my entire life,” said McMichael.

The disease has left him wheelchair bound, but early on his life, he decided it wasn’t going to stop him from achieving his goals.

“When you’re young, you don’t think anything is in your way,” said McMichael. “So I really didn’t worry about it.”

And he still doesn’t worry about it as he makes his rounds at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, where he was recently selected to be President of the medical staff.

“So there’s things you can do if you put your mind to it,” said McMichael.

Growing up, McMichael received support from programs the MDA funds and credits them for helping him see his own potential. Now, as a doctor who treats patients with neuromuscular diseases, he says he has an even deeper appreciation for what the organization does.

“With that support from MDA, we’re able to see those patients, even if they can’t afford to pay anything or if they don’t have insurance,” said McMichael. “I can still see them and take care of those patients.”

He says the MDA’s support for medical research is also critical.

It’s why he and his team are participating in the MDA Muscle Walk Saturday outside of Globe Life Park and encourage others to do the same.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday outside the Third Base gate. The walk will start at approximately 10:00 a.m. You do not have to pre-register to participate in the event.

If you’d like to donate to the MDA, you can do so by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Troy Aikman Battles Childhood Obesity]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aikman-obesity.jpg Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman teams up with the United Way and the Cooper Institute to battle childhood obesity.

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<![CDATA[Bat Found in Lewisville Tests Positive for Rabies]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:13:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+doctor+coat.jpg

Some children in Lewisville may have been exposed to rabies, and now the city needs to find them.

Lewisville Animal Services says a group of kids was playing with a bat at the Lake Park ball fields on Saturday.

Witnesses say the children were poking the bat with a stick in the rear soccer field that runs along Turtle Trail.

When animal control got there, the kids were gone but that bat later tested positive for rabies.

Officials say it's extremely important that anyone who's been exposed be examined right away.

"We just want to make sure they didn't grab the bat. The bat bite is, in so many cases, hard to notice that we want to make sure to check them out," said James Kunke, with the city of Lewisville.

"There is no reason to expect a widespread appearance of rabies, however it is extremely important that anyone exposed be identified and examined right away," read a notice released by the city Wednesday.

Anyone who knows of a child who may have come into contact with the rabid bat is asked to call "Ethel" at Lewisville Animal Services at 972-219-3478.

According to Cook Children's Medical Center, rabies is a deadly disease.

"Bats are tiny and can leave tiny bites or scratches that humans may not even notice, until it's too late. If you come in close contact with a bat, you should go to the emergency department immediately," according to the Cook Children's website.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Find New Virus in Blood]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:23:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/AP_070525034503.jpg

Scientists have found a new virus that can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, NBC News reported.

They’re calling the new virus human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1).

The virus bears a slight resemblance to the hepatitis C virus, which can cause permanent liver damage, and the human pegivirus, the team reported in the journal mBio.

"It is the first transfusion-associated virus that's been described in a long time. We don't know if it is going to be a significant cause of human hepatitis," infectious disease expert Dr. Ian Lipkin told NBC News.

Researchers say there’s no need for concern.

"We really don't know if there is ongoing transmission of this virus. It may be good for you,” said Amit Kapoor, an assistant professor at Columbia University who led the study.

Researchers sampled banked blood from 46 volunteers between 1974 and 1980. The virus was found in two samples and both patients appear to have “cleared” the virus, with no evidence that it caused any disease.

<![CDATA[Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescriptions]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_684583625361.jpg

To stop measures of what she called "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.

Clinton rolled out the plan in Iowa as a way to encourage the use of generic drugs and to end pharmaceutical companies' ability to write off consumer-directed advertising as a business expense. 

"We need to protect hard-working Americans here at home from excessive costs. Too often these drugs cost a fortune," she said in Des Moines, adding drug companies keep the profits for themselves while "shifting the cost to families."

The presidential candidate's comments come after the news of a pharmaceutical CEO raised the price of Daraprim to $750 from $13.50. 

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<![CDATA[Drug CEO Who Hiked Pill Price Has History of Serious 'Harassment']]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:27:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg

The pharmaceutical company boss who jacked up the price of the drug Daraprim 5,500 percent overnight allegedly has a history of "harassment" to a former employee, according to court documents. 

Martin Shkreli, 32, said on Friday that he would be lowering the new price but did not clarify what the new price would be, NBC News reported.

Shkreli allegedly gained access to social media accounts of an ex-employee and contacted his relatives, including his teenage son and wife, accusing him of stealing money from Shrkeli's then pharmaceutical company, Retrophin. 

"Your husband had stolen $1.6 million from me and I will get it back. I will go to any length necessary to get it back," Shkreli allegedly wrote the wife of former Retrophin employee Timothy Pierotti in a January 2013 letter, according to court documents.

"Your pathetic excuse of a husband needs to get a real job that does not depend on fraud to succeed. ... I hope to see you and your four children homeless and will do whatever I can to assure this," Shkreli allegedly wrote.

Retrophin's board later moved to replace Shkreli as CEO, and he resigned his positions. Retrophin is now suing him for $65 million in a case where he is accused of acting against the interests of the company.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports 21st Human Case of WNV]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:02:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mosquito_ciencia_470_265.jpg

Dallas County is reporting its 21st human case of West Nile virus this season, and it is the second case in the same ZIP code.

The infected person lives in the 75225 ZIP code, which is roughly bounded by the Dallas North Tollway on the west, U.S. Highway 75 on the east, Lovers Lane on the south and Walnut Hill Lane on the north. The area includes a portion of University Park, as well as NorthPark Center.

He or she was diagnosed with the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, further information is not expected to be released about the patient.

In August, another person in the same area was diagnosed with West Nile virus, health officials said.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

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<![CDATA[Medical Study Exposes Number of Incorrect or Late Diagnosis]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:03:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg

Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects, NBC News reports.

It's almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious, and the lack of a coherent medical system helps keep it under the radar, the National Academy of Medicine finds in a new report.

"Everyone will experience one meaningful diagnostic error in their lifetime," Dr. John Ball, chairman of the Committee on Diagnostic Error in Medicine, which wrote the report, told NBC News. 

"We simply don't know what the incidence of it is. We need to study it more to be able to do anything about it. It's an under-represented, understudied area in medicine and we need to shine a light on it."

The solution involves getting pathologists and radiologists more actively involved in a patient's diagnosis, the Academy, formerly the Institute of Medicine, recommends. It's also calling for changes to medical malpractice laws so professionals aren't afraid to own up to mistakes, and going back to doing autopsies, culture changes at hospitals, clinics and institutions and better use of technology.

According to the report:

1. At least 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error.
2. Postmortem exams suggest diagnostic errors contribute to 10 percent of patient deaths.
3. Medical records suggest diagnostic errors account for 6 to 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals.

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<![CDATA[Cancer, HIV Medication Price Hike]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:47:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dr.-Seema-Yasmin-101414.jpg The cost of a pill used by some patients with cancer and HIV has jumped in price by 5,000-percent. ]]> <![CDATA[Drug That Fights Complications of AIDS and Cancer Goes From $13.50 to $750]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/martin-GettyImages-120822895.jpg

The price of a popular drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections has increased 5,000 percent, bringing the annual cost of treatment to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some patients.

Daraprim fights toxoplasmosis, which infects people whose immune systems have been weakened by AIDS, chemotherapy and pregnancy, according to the Center of Disease Control. 

Turing Pharmaceuticals of New York bought the drug from Impax Laboratories in August for $55 million and raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750.

Daraprim isn't the only drug to increase their price in recent months. The average cost of brand-name medications rose 13 percent in 2013, according to a report from the Prime Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

"This isn't the greedy drug company trying to gouge patients, it is us trying to stay in business," Martin Shkreli, the founder and CEO of Turing, told the New York Times.

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<![CDATA[Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks: Researchers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_262391987828+%281%29.jpg

German researchers say there’s nothing that links sexual activity with triggering heart attacks, NBC News reported.

Researchers at Ulm University in Germany led a small study and said the data they’ve collected shows it’s very unlikely “that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack.”

The study involved 536 heart disease patients between 30 and 70 years of age. They were asked about their sexual activity both before and after heart attacks, strokes and other kinds of cardiovascular events. 15 percent said they abstained from sex in the 12 months leading up to a heart attack, while 25 percent said they had sex about once a week.

The American Heart Association says sex after a heart attack is OK.

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<![CDATA[E-Cig Battery Explodes in Man’s Pocket ]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hole+in+pants+web+1.JPG

A North Texas man is worried people may be at risk after he was badly burned when his e-cigarette batteries exploded and caught fire in his pocket.

About 10 percent of Americans use e-cigarettes, according to a Reuters poll conducted this summer.

But consumers may not realize they’re using a device that an FDA spokesman told us is at this point is federally unregulated. The injured Flower Mound man believes neither the e-cigarette industry, nor the government, are doing enough to keep consumers safe.

When NBC 5 Consumer Investigator Deanna Dewberry first met 21-year old Christopher Robran in May, the young man was still in disbelief. He was shocked that his new-found hobby literally blew up in his pants.

“It sounded like a fuse going off,” said Robran. "And then there's like fireworks going off in my pants."

His father held up the blue jeans with a large hole in one pants leg – the edges singed from the burning battery.

“Kind of brings me back to when it happened,” said Robran quietly.

He remembers having met friends for lunch and was carrying his e-cigarette in one hand and two extra batteries in his pocket.

“So I had my keys in there as well, and I'm waiting to talk to the lady at the front desk,” Robran recounted.

Then suddenly he said he saw flames shooting out of his pants as he stood in the middle of the restaurant.

"So I'm pulling my pants down, and my two friends come running over to me,” said Robran.

Before they could extinguish the flames, he had suffered second and third degree burns. He said the pain is excruciating.

"I can't walk because the burn is on top of my muscle on my thigh," he explained, shaking his head

This is not the first time an e-cig battery explosion has made headlines. It’s so serious the U.S. Fire Administration studied the issue to provide information for fire departments across the country.

The document references security video showing an e-cig that reportedly blew up in a pub in the U.K. It also references 25 explosions in the U.S. that includes a horrifying incident in Florida where an e-cig blew up in a man's face and injured his teeth and tongue.

The report points out that while the explosions are rare, there is "no regulation, code or law that applies to the safety of the electronics or batteries in e cigarettes."

"There's no instructions that come with batteries at all," Robran pointed out as he showed us one of the purple cylindrical batteries. The lithium-ion batteries were manufactured by EFEST, a company in China's Guangdong province.

NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit called the company. A spokesperson told us the company does not believe the battery was defective. Instead it points to something else Robran had in his pocket – his keys.

The company theorizes the metal likely touched the lithium ion batteries' exposed contacts - causing a short circuit and explosion. An EFEST spokesman told me the company has gotten similar complaints from consumers who carried extra batteries in their pockets and, in response, posted a warning on its website. It also sells a battery carrying case. But consumers like Robran question whether that’s enough. Afterall, he bought the batteries from an online retailer. He would have no reason to check for warnings on the manufacturer’s website.

Ray Story is the CEO and founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, an e-cigarette trade group working to shape regulations in the U.S. and abroad. He spoke to NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit via Skype from his Amsterdam office. Story said it stands to reason e-cig users would carry an extra battery with them because the battery for their device is likely to die if used a lot during the day.

"There are some warning labels that could be very helpful to the public to warn them of potential danger when they carry them in their pocket.” He believes that’s especially important for e-cig users because of the nature of the lithium-ion batteries used in the electronic devices.

"In many cases, these batteries are far more powerful than the AA and AAA [batteries} that our batteries are accustomed to," said Story.

But mandating warning labels is difficult he said because the industry is largely unregulated. The U.S. Fire Marshal points to another danger. Many e-cig batteries have a USB port for connecting the device to a power adapter. Consumers mistakenly believe the USB port of their e-cig battery can be used with power adapters for their other devices which can lead to overcharging the battery. That was the suspected cause of 20 explosions cited in the US Fire Administration report leading the authors to suggest “e-cigarette manufacturers should consider changing to a different style of electrical connection,”

Absent regulation, some retailers are taking consumer safety in their own hands. Christopher Adams, owner of Xtreme Vapes in Plano makes customers read and sign a sheet explaining how to charge and carry the powerful battery. NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit repeatedly reached out to the retailer. It didn’t respond to our emails even though we did receive an automated response indicating our emails had been received.

"We also have our employees explain proper battery safety as far as using them what not to do," said Adams.

Robran said he had no such instruction from myvaporstore.com, the online retailer that sold him his battery. In September, four months after the explosion, Robran’s leg is still is not completely healed.

"I want everyone to know about the dangers of these, and they need to take precautions if they're looking into buying these,” he said.

EFEST, the Chinese battery manufacturer, vows to investigate Robran’s case. So who’s looking out for your safety? The FDA wrote new rules to regulate e-cigarettes last year, and a spokesperson told us the agency “moving expeditiously” toward finalizing those rules. But he gave no timetable. For now, consumer safety is largely left to the consumer. But the FDA is still collecting consumer complaints about e-cigarettes even though it’s not yet regulating the devices. You can report adverse events online t HHS Safety Reporting Portal or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

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<![CDATA[Texas Parents Fear Therapy Budget Cuts]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:48:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/therapy+cuts1.jpg

The new budget goes into effect for the state of Texas next week.

The budget calls for a $350 million in Medicaid cuts, one that scares Alisha Hauber of Fort Worth.

“You cut services, you keep my son from being the best little boy he could be,” said Hauber.

Her son, Lane, was born with a heart condition and a chromosome disorder.

She said she was told he was going to be in a vegetative state. Lane is now six-years-old and she credits therapy for getting him to where he is. She said therapy has improved his development and strength. Because of his condition, there are times he can’t leave the house, so the therapists come to them.

“Ever since Lane was born, I don’t feel like any part of this journey has been fair for him. He is a human being. He should have human rights,” she added.

The cuts come as part of the budget. NBC 5 contacted State Senator Jane Nelson, who chaired the finance committee.

Nelson's chief of staff said they looked at an independent study conducted by Texas A&M School of Public Health, and additional comparisons done by the Health and Human Services Commission. They found the Texas reimbursement rate is higher than other states. She also recently sent a letter (see below) to the HHSC about the funding.

A spokesperson for Governor Greg Abbott told NBC 5 "HHSC is simply complying with the budget directive enacted by the Legislature.”

Hauber says one way or another, Lane will get therapy.

“We will find a way to make it happen,” she said.


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<![CDATA[NTX Girl Shares Cancer Fight To Help Others]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:42:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg

Sadie Keller calls the doctors and nurses at Children’s Medical Center Dallas her best friends.

It explains the unwanted wisdom behind her eight years.

In videos on YouTube, Sadie has started chronicling her battle with leukemia.

Watch Sadie's Video Below


Unknown to her parents, Sadie locked herself in the closet one night and recorded herself talking on an iPad.

“I’m one of those kids who has cancer. It’s in my blood,” she told the camera.

“We were shocked she knew as much as she did,” said her mother, Sarah Keller.

Sadie spoke for nearly 20 minutes, detailing treatment and the truth.

“Sometimes when you wake up you’re not very happy and you don’t feel good, but it’s just going to make you feel better,” she said describing chemotherapy.

When she was done she asked her mother to post it to YouTube.

“I know so much about it I can just teach people,” said Sadie.

Sadie hopes sharing her experience will help other patients know what to expect.

“I think children are actually better at doing that than we are as adults,” said Maria Biscelgia, the nurse practitioner who cares for Sadie.

Her medical team says Sadie often cares for them.

Every time she visits the hospital, she brings the staff and fellow patients treats she’s baked at home.

“They do so much for me, I think I should give a little something to them,” said Sadie.

Sadie is six months into a two-year treatment plan and hopes to continue sharing her fight.

“I like that I’m helping people.”

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<![CDATA[Flu Season is Upon North Texas Already]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:06:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/flu+shot+vial.JPG

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says now is the time to prepare for the flu season, which normally begins around this time of year.

The CDC says last year's flu shot was 13 percent effective. Normally, the vaccine is 50 to 60 percent effective.

"So far what we've seen in the Southern hemisphere and over the summer in the U.S. suggests that this years' vaccine should be a good match against this years' circulating influenza, but only time will tell for sure," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

Flu vaccinations are now arriving at pharmacies, public health department centers and doctors' offices.

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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Resident Diagnosed with West Nile Virus]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:47:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/llegada-de-mosquitos-a-Arizona.jpg

A Grand Prairie resident has the 20th human case of West Nile virus this season in Dallas County, health officials say Friday.

The person lives in the 75051 ZIP code and was diagnosed with the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, further information is not expected to be released about the patient.

The 75051 ZIP code is bordered roughly by South Great Southwest Parkway on the west, Main Street (State Route 180) on the north, Pioneer Parkway (State Route 303) on the south and Mountain Creek Lake on the east.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

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<![CDATA[3-D Printed Implant Supports Damaged Chest]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/3d-printed-sternum-illustration.jpg

A cancer patient recovered well from a surgery involving a 3-D printed titanium sternum and rib cage placed in his chest, according to a research organization in Australia. 

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) reported earlier this month that a 54-year-old patient in Spain suffering from a chest wall sarcoma—type of cancerous growing tumor—had undergone a successful surgery where doctors added the titanium rib cage.

"We thought, maybe we could create a new type of implant that we could fully customize the intricate structures of the sternum and ribs," Doctor José Aranda, a surgeon who helped implant the ribcage, is quoted saying.

Doctors Aranda, Marcelo Jimene and Gonzalo Varela are part of the surgery team at Salamanca University Hospital located in west of Madrid, Spain. The team wanted to provide a safer option for the patient and improve his post-surgery recovery, according to a press release from the implant's manufacturer. 

The rib and sternum implant placed in the man's chest was developed by Anatomics an Australian-owned medical device company in Melbourne. Anatomics, specializes in manufacturing specific implants for surgeons around the world.

The customized implant included a pieces to go over the bone and pieces that could be screwed into the bone. According to Andrew Batty, Anatomics chief executive officer, previously used designs did not consider long term fixation, or that the implants could loosen over time.

A video showing the development and use of the implant on CSIRO's YouTube page said the customization would be impossible to manufacture traditionally. Anatomics used a $1.3 million Arcam printer to make the implant.

Details of the procedure can be found in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports 19th Human Case of WNV]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:39:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alerta-condado-los-angeles-mosquitos-virus-nilo-11.jpg

Dallas County is reporting its 19th human case of West Nile virus this season, and it is the second case in the same ZIP code this month.

The patient lives in the 75243 ZIP code, which is located east of U.S. Highway 75, between Royal Lane and Spring Valley Road.

He or she was diagnosed with the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, further information is not expected to be released about the patient.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

Earlier this month, another person living in the same ZIP code was diagnosed with the 15th human case of West Nile virus this season.

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<![CDATA[Children's Water Bottles Recalled]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/water-bottle-recall1.jpg

A brand of children's water bottles sold at Target are being recalled.

The recall involves Zak Designs 26-ounce plastic water bottles.

The 10-inch tall water bottles have a flip-top spout on a twist-off cap with colored inner plastic straws in clear, blue, gray, green, light purple or red.

They were sold exclusively at Target stores in a "Back-to-College" promotion nationwide from June 2015 though July 2015 for approximately $10.

The water bottles have popular characters on the front and come in a variety of colors including clear, gray, navy blue, pink, teal blue, gray with colored caps in red, blue pink and yellow.

Characters on the bottles include Captain America, Batman, Minions, My Little Pony, Spider-Man, Star Wars, a Superman logo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thor and Wonder Woman.

Mold number “14158” and “Zak Designs” are embossed on the bottom of the bottles involved in the recall. Please note that bottles with a black inner straw and black twist-off cap are not included in the recall.

Zak Designs has received nine reports of the inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap breaking, including seven reports of plastic fragments spit out by children using the bottle.

No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact Zak Designs for instructions on receiving a free replacement cap with straw.

Contact Zak Designs at 866-737-1148 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.zak.com.

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<![CDATA[FDA Fast Tracks Trial Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:52:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453480600.jpg

ZMapp, an experimental drug being tested against Ebola, has won fast-track status to get quicker Food and Drug Administration approval, NBC News reported.

The drug, which made headlines when some high-profile American Ebola patients tried it out, is still being tested in Liberia, where there haven't been any new cases of Ebola reported in months.

ZMapp is best known as the drug given to the first U.S. Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly — the medical missionary air-evacuated from Liberia for treatment in the U.S.

Brantly survived, but doctors say they don't know whether ZMapp helped.  

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