<![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-usSat, 28 May 2016 17:38:22 -0500Sat, 28 May 2016 17:38:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DFW Olympian Weighs Going To Rio Despite Zika Threat]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716+Michelle+Carter.jpg
As 150 health experts urge the World Health Organization to consider a delay or relocation of the Olympic games due to the Zika Virus threat, a North Texas Olympian says timing for athletes is everything.

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<![CDATA[Zika Concerns Help Local Pest Control Biz]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:08:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito11.jpg
Private mosquito control companies are enjoying big business in North Texas this spring.

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Fight Zika Spread]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:09:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
Dr. Seema Yasmin, medical expert at The Dallas Morning News, discusses how genetically engineered mosquitoes could be a new weapon in the fight against the Zika epidemic.

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<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:32:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[Fake Perfume Bust Finds Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Organ Damage]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:54:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said.Homeland...

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<![CDATA[Telemedicine Puts Doctor's Visit in Palm of Your Hand]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 22:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/teladoc+lewisville.jpg
Telemedicine involves a health care provider’s medical care delivered to patients remotely. The nation's largest telemedicine company, Teladoc, is located in Lewisville and takes NBC 5 on a tour of its...

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<![CDATA[Rabies Reported in Two Kittens in Collin County]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:28:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/rabies-shutterstock_118562305.jpg
Collin County Animal Services released an advisory to let area residents know that two kittens living on a ranch in Blue Ridge have tested positive for rabies by the Texas Department of State Health Services...

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<![CDATA[Zika and West Nile Top Concerns This Mosquito Season]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:15:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Mosquito season is underway and Dallas County Health and Human Services is reminding residents to take precautions.

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:26:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 15:44:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dr. Seema Yasmin: Whooping Cough]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 11:57:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/seema-whooping-cough.jpg
The Dallas Morning News' medical expert Dr. Seema Yasmin talks about the rise in Whooping Cough cases and the Pertussis vaccine.

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<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found.Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[Strokes Affecting More Young People, Study Shows]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young+stroke+patient.jpg
A new warning about the rise in strokes for a surprising age group.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:12:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 13:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports.Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[Singer Thomas Rhett Works Out with DFW Fans]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 21:44:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052116+Rhett+Gym.jpg
Before hitting the stage in DFW Saturday night, country singer Thomas Rhett hit the gym with fans.

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<![CDATA[Denton Finds Rare Mosquito-Transmitted Virus]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/West+Nile+Mosquito+Trapjpg.jpg
The city announced Friday that a mosquito tested positive for California Serogroup virus, a family of viruses rarely found in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Women Infected With Zika Virus in Garland]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 16:09:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/Zika.png
The City of Garland Health Department has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman in Garland. A second preliminary case is awaiting confirmation from the CDC.]]>
<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 18:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported.Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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<![CDATA[Yellow Fever in Africa Not a Public Emergency: WHO]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:31:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
The World Health Organization said the current yellow fever outbreak in central African requires urgent action, but doesn’t amount to a public health emergency, NBC News reports.The organization’s advisory...

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports First WNV-Positive Traps of 2016]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:39:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fumigan-condado-riverside-mosquitos-virus-nilo1.jpg
Dallas County Health and Human Services says the county's first positive West Nile virus mosquito traps have been collected for the 2016 season.
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<![CDATA[Health Experts to Test HIV Vaccine in South Africa]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:43:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ThaiHIVVaccineTest-AP_09092502984.jpg
Scientists will be testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa that has had some success, NBC News reported.The risk of infection dropped for 31 percent of volunteers tested in Thailand in 2009 when they were given...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Keeps Some Patients Alive for 3 Years]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 18:37:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JimmyCarter-AP_473126061319.jpg
A drug that helped former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer disappear is helping many other patients with similar conditions, NBC News reports.The drug, Keytruda, stops tumor cells from cloaking themselves...

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<![CDATA[Fibrous Tissue Condition Affects More Women Than Men]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fibromuscular+dysplasia.jpg
Fibromuscular dysplasia, or FMD, is up to ten-times more common in women than in men. But it's often overlooked because patients and their doctors have a hard time identifying the symptoms.

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<![CDATA[Cosmetics Can't Claim They Lighten, Plump Up Skin, FDA Says]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 16:50:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464778768.jpg
Reviva Labs, a popular brand of cosmetics, must either prove its products plump skin, regenerate collagen and lighten age spots, or stop claiming they do, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.The...

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<![CDATA[North Texas Prepares for Active Mosquito Season]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 22:55:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito-AP_334068230276.jpg
Several hundred mosquito traps are now placed each week across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, capturing mosquitoes that could potentially carry the West Nile virus.

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<![CDATA[Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet SPF Claims: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 07:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
Consumer Reports tested 65 water-resistant sunscreens with SPF numbers of 30 or higher and found that nearly half did not meet their SPF claims. Nearly three-quarters of "natural" sunscreens also fell...

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<![CDATA[Embryo Adoption for Couples Struggling to Conceive]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 22:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christy+Trabun.jpg
More clinics are offering couples the option to donate their embryos to another couple struggling to have a family.

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<![CDATA[Sports Science to Aid Firefighters Against Injury]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 21:27:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fusionetics.jpg
Human performance testing is helping firefighters in The Colony prevent injuries on the job.]]>
<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Are 'Silent' in Nearly Half of Cases: Study]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 18:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
A new study released Monday found that 45 percent of heart attacks in the United States are "silent" — people don't realize they're having them, NBC News reports.But even though these heart attacks do...

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Survivors Unite as Dragon Boat Team]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 23:48:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/051516+DFW+Dragon+Boat.jpg
22 DFW breast cancer survivors and patients came together Sunday in Irving for their first Dragon Boat competition as a team; supporting each other on the water and in their treatment.

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<![CDATA[Young Adult Cancer Patient Unit Opens In Fort Worth]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 00:57:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-13-17h36m30s248.jpg
A new oncology unit is open to adolescents and young adults battling cancer.]]>