<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 09:38:02 -0500Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:38:02 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[Restoring Hearing In Patients With Tumors]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:47:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hearing+NF+Tumors.jpg
A drug already in use for some cancers is not only halting the hearing loss in some patients who have neurofibromatoses, but reversing it.

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<![CDATA[Blood Donations in Texas Now Tested for Zika Virus]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:38:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zika+testing.jpg
Blood from donors in Texas is now being tested for Zika virus infection, in an effort to prevent the virus from being spread through transfusions.

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<![CDATA[Detecting Early Eye Damage]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:53:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eye+disease+detection.jpg
Researchers are finding ways to see the very early signs of diabetic eye damage, so they can treat it before the damage is done.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant Co. Resident Who Traveled to Miami Has Zika: TCPH]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquito-GettyImages-513621730.jpg
A Tarrant County resident has been diagnosed with the Zika virus after traveling to Miami, health officials say Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:06:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:13:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Fighting Drugs Under Testing in North Texas]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Emily+Herschler.jpg
Clinical trials that could change the future of cancer medicine are happening here in North Texas, offering patients hope at a cure and giving doctors new tools in the cancer fight.

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<![CDATA[Researchers Find Links in Brain to Eating Disorders]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:10:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anorexia.jpg
UT Southwestern researchers tracked brain activity of anorexia nervosa patients and found physical image distortions are not a permanent problem.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:13:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News.The...

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<![CDATA[Two New Cases of West Nile Virus in Dallas County]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:11:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito+bite.jpg
Dallas County health officials confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus on Tuesday, bringing the county's total for 2016 up to 44 cases.

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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<![CDATA[Protecting Yourself Against the Flu]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:12:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic1.JPG
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that flu vaccinations begin by the end of October, if possible.

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<![CDATA[Zika Mosquitoes Can Survive Over Next Months in Southern US]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:55:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Puerto-Rico-AP_71939457309.jpg
The potential for an abundant population of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus remains moderate or high through November in the southernmost cities of the U.S., a study shows.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Jam Pollution Increasingly Dangerous]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:44:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/car-exhaust.jpg
The amount of harmful pollutants during rush hour traffic is 29 times higher than it is when traffic flows freely, according to a recent report.

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<![CDATA[Prostate Cancer Study Reveals New Info on Treatment]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:43:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Prostate_Cancer_Study_1200x675_767117379694.jpg
Dr. Andrew Lee, medical director of the Texas Center for Proton Therapy, discusses prostate cancer treatment options.]]>
<![CDATA[Plano VA Clinic Officially Opens, Second Clinic in the Works]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:37:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plano+VA+opens.jpg
Congressman Sam Johnson, (R) TX-03 helped cut the ribbon on the VA’s first outpatient clinic in the Plano area, Friday.

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<![CDATA[Device Helps Recondition Lungs for Transplantation]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dr+Gary+Marklin+xvivo.jpg
New technology is reconditioning donor lungs to increase odds for patients on transplant lists.

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Families United By Life-Saving Gifts]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:27:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donor+family.jpg
Two parents, who lost their son in October of 2015, meet four recipients who received their son’s organs through life-saving transplants.

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<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported.But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health...

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<![CDATA[Ragweed Season Shaping Up to Be Worse Than Most]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:44:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ragweed.jpg
The peak of ragweed season has North Texas allergy sufferers searching for relief.

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<![CDATA[Addicted To Social Media?]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:37:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/social+media+addiction.jpg
Social media use can lead to symptoms of addiction, according to psychiatrists.

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:01:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Lewisville Reports 17th West Nile Case of 2016]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:57:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/west+nile1.JPG
The city of Lewisville is reporting its 17th positive West Nile virus mosquito trap of 2016.
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<![CDATA[Dallas County Confirms Second West Nile Virus Death]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-GettyImages-563546355.jpg
A Dallas County resident has died from complications related to the West Nile virus, becoming the second West Nile death of 2016, health officials confirm.

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<![CDATA[UNT Students Look For Zika Virus In Mosquitoes]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:06:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Large-Zika.jpg
UNT Graduate students who track mosquitoes with the West Nile virus could be the first team to discover Zika-carrying mosquitoes if they appear in North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Flu Shot Season Underway in North Texas]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:02:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic1.JPG
North Texas pharmacies are gearing up and have already received doses of this year's flu vaccine.

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<![CDATA[Parents Lobby for Infant Screening for Fatal Genetic Disease]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:43:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ald+testing.jpg
When 8-year old Julian Kampfschulte was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, last year, his parents had never heard of it. Now the Kampfschultes are on a mission to get infants tested, and buy other...

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<![CDATA[Drinking Too Much Water Can Put Patients at Risk]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:38:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WEB+Safe+water.jpg
Over-hydration can lead to a dangerous condition, causing the body to "overdose" on water.

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<![CDATA[Super Lice Becoming Even More Resistant to Treatment]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:20:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/head+lice1.JPG
As children begin the new school year, health care professionals are warning that head lice are becoming even more resistant to traditional treatments.

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<![CDATA[New Education Initiative Targets Parents And Babies ]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/infant+health.jpg
A new program launched at North Texas hospitals encourages new parents to promote their child's brain development during the first 12 months of life. Leaders believe it can lead to a decrease in poverty.

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<![CDATA[Parkland Leads the Way in Suicide Prevention]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:43:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-01-22-16h52m54s20.jpg
It is Suicide Prevention Week, and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is leading the way in helping identify people at risk of suicide. A new program at Parkland is the first of its kind in the country.

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<![CDATA[Drunkorexia: Disturbing Trending on College Campuses]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:37:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Drunkorexia_090316_1200x675_761436739524.jpg
Dr. Annetta Ramsay a certified eating disorder counselor talks about "drunkorexia" a slang term for skipping meals in favor of alcoholic drinks in order to get drunk faster. It's a trend starting to sweep...]]>
<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:00:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient...]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation.That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children...]]>
<![CDATA[Garland PD Focuses on Officers' Mental Health Needs]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:53:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland+pd+training.jpg
The Garland Police Department is adjusting its behavioral health program to better address the mental health needs of its officers.

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<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:32:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday.Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing...

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<![CDATA[Rabies Confirmed in Bat Found Near Elementary School]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:34:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/animal+bat+generic+.JPG
A bat found inside a tree near a school playground in The Colony has tested positive for rabies, city officials say.

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