<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usWed, 29 Jun 2016 13:39:21 -0500Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:39:21 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Water Systems Failing to Test for Lead]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:02:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/lead-faucet.jpg
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found at Texas Beaches]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:53:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/galveston1.jpg
A Plano woman describes her bout with flesh-eating bacteria and doctors talk about signs of infection.

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<![CDATA[Texas Prepares for Zika]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:38:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika+Funding+062816.jpg
The Dallas Morning News' Sabriya Rice talks about Texas' plans to deal with the Zika virus after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for $10 million to help the state prepare.]]>
<![CDATA[Tarrant County Confirms Seventh Case of Zika Virus]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:33:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquito-GettyImages-513621730.jpg
A seventh person has been diagnosed with Zika virus in Tarrant County Public Health Department officials say.

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<![CDATA[Texas Medicaid Cuts to Impact Special-Needs Kids]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:13:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medicaid-cuts-family.jpg
In less than three weeks, Texas plans to implement $350 million in planned cuts to an insurance program that pays for speech, physical and occupational therapy for children with disabilities.

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<![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:01:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:55:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[Experimental Procedure Preserves Fertility]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:57:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Preserving+Fertility+062416.jpg
Chemotherapy used to treat cancer can kill children's chances of ever being able to have children on their own. NBC 5's Bianca Castro reports on an experimental procedure that's giving them hope.

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<![CDATA[Teen Battling Cystic Fibrosis Not Defined By Disease]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:45:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cystic+fibrosis+symphony.jpg
Cystic fibrosis patients prove their life-shortening disease is not life-defining. One recent high school graduate said she is fueled by her prognosis.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Opioid Overdose Medication Now Over the Counter]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:03:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/naloxone.jpg
Naloxone, the antidote to opioid overdose, will be available behind the counter for purchase without prescription at 700 Walgreens stores in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Baylor Medical Center Program Focuses on Heart Health]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/heart+monitor1.JPG
A one-of-a-kind program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas is motivating people to engage in heart-healthy activities.]]>
<![CDATA[Simple Ways to Relieve Pain from 'Tech Neck']]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:54:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tech+neck.jpg
If you occasionally feel neck pain, you could be suffering from a condition called "tech neck." But there are some ways to ease the pain without unplugging from your devices.

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<![CDATA[NTX Woman Battles Bacterial Infection After Beach Trip]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beach+bacteria.jpg
A Greenville woman is being treated at a McKinney hospital for a bacterial infection she says she contracted after a fishing trip to a Port Arthur beach.

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:31:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday.Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Marks Two Years of Health and Fitness Push]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fit+fort+worth2.jpg
Concerns that Fort Worth had among the highest obesity rates in the country led to an effort to transform the city into "Fit Worth". But have the goals put out by city leaders two years ago made a difference?

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<![CDATA[Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Treating Arthritis]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prp+therapy.jpg
PRP therapy is used a lot to relieve pain that athletes feel, but it could be used for arthritis as well.

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<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:20:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:01:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[Cook Children's is 1st US Hospital with Amoeba Infection Drug]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:39:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amoebaawarness.jpg
Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth will be a source hospital with an experimental drug that can fight water-borne amoeba infections.

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<![CDATA[E-Sight a Medical Breakthrough for the Blind]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:53:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/e-sight.jpg
A new device called E-Sight is proving to be a medical breakthrough for people who are legally blind.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Confirms Sixth Case of Zika Virus]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:03:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquito-GettyImages-513621730.jpg
A sixth person has been diagnosed with Zika virus in Tarrant County Public Health Department officials say.

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<![CDATA[10 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika in Dallas Co.]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Ten pregnant women in Dallas County have preliminary tested positive for the Zika virus, the county health director said during a meeting Tuesday with the commissioner's court.

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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dr. Seema Yasmin - Zika Vaccine]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/seema-zika3.jpg
The Dallas Morning News' medical expert Dr. Seema Yasmin discusses a Zika virus vaccine that's ready for testing in humans.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Give Tips on Swimmer's Ear Prevention]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:57:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/swimmers-ear.jpg
Doctors discuss ways to prevent and treat swimmer's ear, a bacterial infection in the ear canal.

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<![CDATA[TX Lawmakers Pen Letter to CDC, Kerry About Zika]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:27:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zancudo-mosquito-zancudo-Zika-EFE-11764687w.jpg
The Texas lawmakers penned a letter about the Zika virus to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Possible Lymphoma Vaccine in Research Phase]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:52:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lymphoma.jpg
Lymphomas are the fifth most common cancer in the United States, and now researchers are testing a vaccine that helps the body's immune system fight the cancer cells.]]>
<![CDATA[Father, Son Battle Cancer Through Yoga]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:52:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/061916+Bikram+Yoga+Richardson.jpg
A North Texas father is helping his son, who is battling brain cancer, through yoga classes and much more.

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<![CDATA[EpiPens See Price Spike]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_epipens0617_1920x1080.jpg
Life-saving injections have seen a massive price hike after one drug manufacturer stopped making the devices.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:24:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Dallas Opens 'Beat the Heat' Centers]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:35:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stay-cool-guide1.jpg
Cooling centers open a day after first heat-related death announced in Dallas County.]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer Patient Gets Diagnosis & Married In 1 Day]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/061616+Wedding+Walker.jpg
A surprise wedding turned a newly diagnosed cancer patient's worst day into her best day. Nurses at Texas Health Fort Worth doubled as wedding planners to make it happen.

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Confirms 2 New Zika Cases]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zika-zancudo-EFE-11707843w.jpg
Dallas County Health says two more cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the county -- both imported by travelers.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Libraries Serve Summer Meals]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_421729260287.jpg
The Dallas Public Library is serving up free lunch for low income families at 20 locations across town this summer.

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<![CDATA[Mars Mulls Change for Sugary Frozen Treats]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/452614600.jpg
Reports suggest Mars, a candy giant known for providing sweet treats that pair particularly well with soft serve ice cream, is considering taking candy out of sugary deserts. Mars recently made a public...

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<![CDATA[Heat Advisory for North Texas Wednesday]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Sun+Shot+071114.jpg
The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory from noon Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Virtual Health Care Aims To Cut Costs]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:00:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_virtualhealthcare0610_1920x1080.jpg
A new Missouri program works to provide care without costly office visits.

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<![CDATA[Give Back on World Blood Donor Day]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:58:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/047519601-woman-blood-donation-21.jpg
Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood - consider donating on Tuesday during World Blood Donor Day.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas County Confirms Seventh Case of Zika Virus]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:06:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-521164302.jpg
A seventh person has been diagnosed with Zika virus in Dallas County this year, county health officials announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Avoid Pregnancy When Near Zika Outbreak: WHO]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:08:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DMN_Zika_Olympics_1200x675_703319107807.jpg
The World Health Organization is now urging women to delay getting pregnant if they travel to a country with a Zika outbreak.]]>
<![CDATA[Tarrant County Confirms Fifth Case of Zika Virus]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquito-GettyImages-513621730.jpg
A fifth person has been diagnosed with Zika virus in Tarrant County, health officials say Friday.

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<![CDATA[Verizon IndyCar Driver Keeps Up Despite Diabetes]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/indycar+insulin.jpg
IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball races car specially designed to help manage his Type 1 diabetes.

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