<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2017http://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, 19 Feb 2017 23:08:12 -0600Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:08:12 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[North Texas Couple Shows Love Is About Second Chances]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:33:32 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/second-chance-couple-021917.jpg
A North Texas Couple shows true love is all about second chances.

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<![CDATA[Sargento Expands Cheese Recall]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:27:03 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/650.jpg
Sargento Foods Inc. has expanded its recall to include even more products due to a potential listeria contamination.

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<![CDATA[Azle ISD Brings in Germ Busters to Prevent Spreading the Flu]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:55:59 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/germ+gu.jpg
The Tarrant County Health Department says the flu is widespread and happening more than average for this time of year. That includes two reported outbreaks in Tarrant County schools, leading the Azle school...

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<![CDATA[Stem Cells Treat Baldness with PRP]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:50:57 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stem+cells+hair+loss.jpg
Americans spend between one and four billion dollars a year treating hair loss, but a new clinical study is offering hope.

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<![CDATA[Texas in the Center of High Flu Action]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:05:02 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu-map.jpg
The state of Texas is experiencing high levels of the influenza virus in the sixth week of 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Weight Loss with Love]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:12:17 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Walter+and+Kathleen+Waller.jpg
A couple from Oklahoma recently came to North Texas to kick off their new healthy lifestyle and have since lost more than a 160 pounds combined.

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:57:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg
It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds.Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Reports 6th Flu-Related Death of Season]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:57:46 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000054.jpg
A sixth person has died from flu-related complications in Dallas County this season, health officials confirm.

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<![CDATA[Boosting Levels of Oxytocin, the Love Hormone]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:02:43 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sara+and+Michael+Montalvo.jpg
Want to scientifically boost your level of love and intimacy? Try couples yoga.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:42:41 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg
When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom.Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

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<![CDATA[Is Warmer Weather Affecting Local Flu Cases?]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:28:42 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virus-influenza-muertes-eeuu.jpg
Doctor Juan Galvalda with Methodist Health System says warmer weather may be the reason for fewer cases of the flu.

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<![CDATA[Better To See You: Ryder's Story]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:42:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryder+Stiner.jpg
An Amarillo 3-year-old, legally blind, sees his mother's face for the first time and the moment, captured on video, goes viral.

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<![CDATA[Why Surrogacy is a Labor of Love]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:05:56 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/surrogate.jpg
A UTA professor set out to find what motives women to become surrogates.

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:56:07 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg
Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians, which says doctors should tell patients to try heat wraps and exercise first, then over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen (Tylenol has been shown to do little for back pain), before they prescribe opioids. "Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation," the group says in its new guidance, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among the therapies that may help and have little risk of harm are tai chi, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy, the group said.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases Spiking in North Texas]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:13:52 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Flu-123013.jpg
Doctors say the flu is reaching epidemic levels in parts of the country. Here in North Texas, hundreds of people are getting sick.

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:04:28 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg
Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data.Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring better on cognitive tests than their younger siblings at the same age, and the advantage continued through their lives.The study was published in the Journal of Human Resources and based its findings on the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of the Youth, which included information on thousands of Americans 14-21 years old who were interviewed several times starting in 1979.“First-time parents tend to want to do everything right and generally have a greater awareness of their interactions with and investments in the firstborn," co-author Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann, an economist at the Analysis Group in Boston, told "Today."

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:45:47 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks and deaths following a storm in Quebec. With each day of snow, these likelihoods increased. A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than one percent, the researchers reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls,” researchers wrote. “Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise require more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.” The study found that men were one-third more likely to die after an eight-inch snowfall compared to a dry day. Researchers did not find a similar trend with women.

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<![CDATA[21 Day Challenge Helps 'Kids Teach Kids' Healthy Eating]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:36:24 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/healthy-food-21-day-challenge-gilmore.jpg
For three weeks, students and families all over North Texas have learned about eating better by taking the 21 Day Snack Challenge.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:29:37 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG
A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had suffered a heart attack and wasn’t breathing. The voice on the other end, kept Carolyn Evans calm.

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<![CDATA[Texas Considered High Flu Activity State]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:47:53 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/ILIIntensity05_small.gif
Texas is now considered to be in high flu activity, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Health Headlines: Mammograms and Melanoma]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:20:03 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new+mammograms+guidelines.jpg
Doctors are warning women to not let a false positive on a mammogram keep them from getting the procedure again in the future.]]>
<![CDATA[Students Design Healthy, Creative Kids Dishes]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:06:57 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/21-day-challenge-food1.jpg
A group of students at Wilmer Hutchins High School in Dallas partnered with the restaurant, HG Sply Co., to create a new kids menu featuring healthy and creative dishes.]]>
<![CDATA[Cannabis for Canines is a Growing Trend]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:41:44 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Cannabis1.jpg
Cannabis for canines, whether and using pols or edibles, medical marijuana could hold the key to helping furry friends feel better.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Woman Warns of Medical Tourism Dangers]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:56:04 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lisa+Hubbard.jpg
A North Texas woman says botched weight loss surgery performed in Mexico nearly killed her.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:57:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/138490324.jpg
Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and many health departments and clinics are offering free testing nationwide. Alex Ortega, with AIDS Arms in Dallas, talks about why the African-American community is the focus on this day.

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<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:25:07 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported Monday.They recommended more research into whether it's more dangerous for kids, and experts said parents should ask their kids if they've tried it."E-cigarettes are also being used for 'dripping,' which involves vaporizing the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer's coil and then immediately inhaling the vapor that is produced," Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin of Yale University and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics."Among 1,080 ever e-cigarette users, 26.1 percent of students reported ever using e-cigarettes for dripping. Reasons for dripping included produced thicker clouds of vapor (63.5 percent), made flavors taste better (38.7 percent), produced a stronger throat hit (27.7 percent)," they added.

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<![CDATA[First Meniscus Replacement Procedure in Texas]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:04:59 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/meniscus+knee+model.jpg
A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries in sports, and now doctors are implanting a new device aimed at getting patients back into their active lifestyles.

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<![CDATA[Collin County Burn Center Treats 700 in First Year]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:49:37 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burn+scars.jpg
Collin County's first and only burn center celebrates one year of healing patients.

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<![CDATA[Negotiating For Cheaper Medication]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:36:44 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+pills.jpg
Experts say more consumers are paying cash for their prescription medication, giving them the power to negotiate cheaper prices.

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:12:11 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking them for toys or candy, the "Today" show reported. But chemical burns to the eyes of preschool-aged kids caused by the packets jumped 32-fold between 2012 and 2015, according to a report published in JAMA Ophthalmology. The report noted that by the end of 2015, liquid laundry packet-involved eye injuries represented more than one in four chemical eye burns in children 3-4 years old. An industry group says that voluntary safety standards meant to prevent such injuries were put in place after the period covered in the data.

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<![CDATA[Go Red for Women Raises Awareness for Heart Health]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:39:44 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/heartdisease.jpg
For 15 years, people have worn red on National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness for heart disease, which kills more women than any other illness or disease every year.]]>
<![CDATA[Anti-Opioid Drug Now Available Over the Counter]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:17:16 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-03-05h01m16s230.jpg
Naloxone, a medication used to prevent overdose by opioids like heroin and morphine, is now available in Texas pharmacies.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls for Change to Prescription Drug Sticker Shock]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:06:48 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prescription+pills+generic.jpg
This week, President Donald Trump said he'll to what he can to bring down the cost of pricey medications.

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<![CDATA[A Pill For Food Allergies: Medicine's Next Big Thing?]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:46:52 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pills12.jpg
For people with life-threatening food allergies, the EpiPen is the first line of treatment. But what if a pill could one day replace the needle?

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<![CDATA[Liquid Laundry Packets Pose Eye Dangers]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:24:47 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/laundry+pods.jpg
The number of eye injuries linked to liquid laundry packets has skyrocketed in recent years.

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<![CDATA[Tackle Food Safety: Keep Your Food Safe on Game Day]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:38:06 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-02+at+2.25.05+PM.png
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a list of food safety tips for Super Bowl party hosts.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Could Soon Develop Eggs, Sperm From Skin Cells]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:46:46 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/170131-babies-mn-1600.jpg
The world is on the brink of another revolution thanks to an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from a surprising source: skin cells, NBC News reported.These reproductive cells could then be used to create fertilized embryos to be implanted into a woman's uterus (or, someday, an artificial womb).Researchers in Japan created viable eggs from the skin cells of adult female mice, which were then fertilized with naturally derived sperm from male mice.Using the same process in people isn't exactly feasible, so scientists need to find another way to turn primordial germ cells into mature eggs in vitro."It's a technology that will come someday, but the question is when and whether it will be completely safe," says Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns Parents of Risk with Teething Tablets]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:49:53 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/teething+tablets.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about a popular teething remedy for children, saying you should stop giving it to your babies right away because it can cause severe side effects.

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<![CDATA[21 Day Challenge Inspires Next Generation Chefs]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:10:41 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/21-day-challenge-cooks.jpg
Students across North Texas are taking part in the Medical City Children’s Hospital Kids Teaching Kids 21 Day Challenge.]]>