<![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-usMon, 02 May 2016 16:29:41 -0500Mon, 02 May 2016 16:29:41 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lewisville Reports Its First West Nile Case of 2016]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:18:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/west+nile1.JPG
The city of Lewisville is reporting its first positive West Nile virus mosquito trap of 2016.
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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:17:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 06:20:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday.Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:38:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Mom Battling Cancer Prepares For 'Wish' to be Answered]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:12:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tanya+Norris.jpg
Ally's Wish, a foundation dedicated to granting wishes for young mothers battling terminal illnesses, is helping a Keller family get to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry.

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<![CDATA[Treating Liver Cancer with Tiny Beads]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Liver+cancer+treatment.jpg
A new procedure takes tiny beads that carry a high dose of radiation and sends them straight to the cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:55:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show.University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[Dozens of H.S. Baseball Players Sidelined By Flu]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:51:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Centennial+High+School+baseball.jpg
Dozens of players from Wylie, Forney, Frisco Wakeland and Centennial high schools have been sidelined by the flu.

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported.The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[Distracted Driving Program Aimed to Scare Teens Straight]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:41:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hospital+room+plano.jpg
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano is launching a new program aimed at allowing teenagers to experience the aftermath of a vehicle accident caused by distracted driving.

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<![CDATA[Some Hispanic Children Less Likely to Develop Some Cancers]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:42:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/TLMD-CANCER-RAYOS-X.jpg
A new study finds children with Hispanic mothers born outside the United States are less likely to develop certain types of cancers.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Prepares For Zika Virus]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:01:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika+Virus3.jpg
Dallas County public health officials warn residents of Zika virus concerns ahead of mosquito season.

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<![CDATA[Subconcussive Football Impacts Can Cause Changes in the Brain]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:20:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brain+scans1.jpg
A recent study done in part by UTSWMC shows repeated impacts to the heads of high school football players can cause measurable changes in the brain, even if there was no concussion.]]>
<![CDATA[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Despite warnings about the dangers laundry detergent pods pose to children, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, NBC's "Today" show reported, citing a new study published Monday.The study...

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<![CDATA[ Young Texans Race For Pediatric Cancer Patients]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cancer_camp_cropped.jpg
The Young Texans RACE Against Cancer is happening May 7 in Dallas. The 5K, 10K and Fun Run weaves through the heart of Dallas.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws ]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MedicalMarijuana-AP_613601499642.jpg
Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions...

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<![CDATA[Vision Problems Related To Device Use, Says Study]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/phone+screen+generic.jpg
A new study found a decline in vision in people who stare at some type of computer screen for several hours a day.

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<![CDATA[UTA Student Humanizes Autism]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/david-dunn-uta-student.jpg
David Dunn was 12 when he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. Now, he is a senior at U-T Arlington where is he studying broadcast communications. He wants to go into film criticism...

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<![CDATA[More Mothers Using Laughing Gas in the Labor Room]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:00:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/laughing+gas+machine.jpg
Texas Health Fort Worth is offering a new option that can ease labor pains for mothers who choose natural births.

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<![CDATA[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:59:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ovarian+Cancer1.jpg
Women who had irregular periods in their 20s were more likely to develop ovarian cancer decades later, according to a new study, NBC News reported.Researchers reported in the International Journal of...

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<![CDATA[Divine Surprise in Indiana Woman's Ultrasound]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:20:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Holy-Ultrasound.jpg
An Indiana woman was in for a divine surprise during a recent prenatal checkup when she says an image of Jesus on the cross appeared.]]>
<![CDATA[Weatherford Nursing Home's Alzheimer's Simulator]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:24:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alzheimers+Simulator.jpg
Peach Tree Place in Weatherford specializes in Alzheimer's care and hosted an exercise showing care givers what it's like to live with the disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Heart]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:59:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_heartvalve0419_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers use a 3D printer to make an exact model of a patient's heart prior to a complicated surgery. KARE's Janel Klein reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer Support Community Honors Dewberry]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:53:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Deanna+Dewberry+Thrive.jpg
An Organization that provides free psycho-social and educational support to people impacted by cancer honored three-time cancer survivor and NBC5 Responds investigator Deanna Dewberry.

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<![CDATA[Risks Of Elizabethkingia Bacteria In North Texas]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:24:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Elizabethkingia+petri+dish.jpg
State health officials are investigating the outbreak of a bacterial bloodstream infection in the Midwest that may be a factor in 20 deaths.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Hail 'Revolutionary' Stroke Treatment]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_strokes0419_1920x1080.jpg
A new study finds more than 90 percent of patients who are able to undergo stent retrieval within two and a half hours of an acute ischemic stroke have minimal to no lasting disability.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Scientists Make Gains in Autism Research ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:49:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dr-craig-powell-utsw.jpg
North Texas is at the forefront of research into the causes of autism, potential treatments for it and caring for patients diagnosed with the disorder.

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<![CDATA[CAD/CAM Uses Computer to Make New Teeth]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:53:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cad+cam+teeth.jpg
Dentists and prosthodontists are using computers to make teeth, implants and dentures.

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<![CDATA[Texas is One Step Closer to Concussion Tracking System]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:30:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/basketballstudents.jpg
Texas may be one step closer to a statewide system to track concussions in school sports.

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<![CDATA[Breast Milk Donation Site Opens in Mansfield]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:50:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/milk+bank+north+texas.jpg
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is now partnered with the Mothers Milk Bank of North Texas to provide a drop off location for donor breast milk in southeast Tarrant County.

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<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:55:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_241410476392.jpg
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

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<![CDATA[UIL Working on Concussion Plan to Protect Students]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:52:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/basketballstudents.jpg
On Sunday, the University Interscholastic League will consider how to deal with concussions in Texas high school athletes.

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

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<![CDATA[Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:31:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/160414-worm-story-mdl_c8f63d898d16fe763f375098bad69621.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports."Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

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<![CDATA[Old Technique Offers New Hope for Burn Victims]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-04-14-17h10m32s245.jpg
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<![CDATA[CDC Confirms Male-to-Male Sexual Transmission of Zika in Dallas]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:28:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509588626.jpg
A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Healing Tattoos For Breast Cancer Survivors]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:11:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/3d+nipple+tattoo+breast+cancer.jpg
An Oak Cliff tattoo artist specializes in 3-D nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors.

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<![CDATA[Centers Seek to Serve Low-Income Autism Patients ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:16:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/autism+center+dallas.jpg
Kids with autism as young as the age of two and up to 12, and those from low-income families, are served at the three centers operated by Metrocare Services in Dallas County.

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<![CDATA[De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robert+De+Niro+on+Today+.png
Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival.Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

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<![CDATA[The DMN's Rudy Bush - Child Healthcare Study]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bush-medical.jpg
The Dallas Morning News' government editor Rudy Bush says a study indicating that more Texas children have health insurance will likely stir controversy.

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<![CDATA[Wireless Fetal Monitors Ease Labor]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:03:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wireless+baby+monitor.jpg
Texas Health Fort Worth is using wireless fetal monitors to aid mothers during the labor process.

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<![CDATA[Denton County Confirms First Case of Zika Virus]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:29:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/3-10_mosquito.jpg
Denton County health officials confirmed Wednesday the county's first case of Zika virus.

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